Psychiatry’s 12-Step Program for Producing Heroin Addicts

Lawrence Kelmenson, MD
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I previously traced how society’s acceptance of sadness as a “brain disease” since 1990 led to a spike in the number of chronically depressed adults, many of whom were then led into opioid pill addiction by doctors who capitalized on their vulnerability; this fed the opioid pill overdose crisis that also began in 1990. But even though this made it easy for youths to find opioid pills in their parents’ purse or medicine cabinet since the 1990s, heroin overdosing (which is mainly by youths who first tried opioid pills) did not start to rise until much later (2006), despite heroin having been around since the ‘60s. I believe this is because today’s heroin addicts are a new breed — the seeds of their creation were sown in 1990, when doctors’ lies about normal childhood immaturity being a genetic “brain illness” became accepted. This enabled psychiatry to begin its cradle-to-(early)-grave 12-step program for producing heroin addicts:

1. Wrongly proclaim that children are genetically hard-wired to mature, so parents undervalue the key role of child-rearing, and thus put less into it.

2. Mislabel normally inattentive, impulsive, moody kids as permanently disabled by “brain disease” (ADHD or bipolar) and advise parents that it would thus be fruitless to try to raise them normally, since they’re ‘unraisable.’

3. Instead, advise parents and schools to helicopter parent/teach them, so they never learn how to initiate, plan, and carry out tasks on their own.

4. Advise that the challenges and expectations of these children be greatly reduced, so that they will be unprepared for the tough pressures/demands of adulthood.

5. Advise that parents not set limits or punish bad behaviors, so that these kids don’t have to learn how to manage their impulses/rages, and thus never learn self-discipline.

6. Advise kids and their parents to not explore/discuss/address whatever issues are upsetting them (by claiming that there are none), so they can’t learn how to cope effectively, or how to develop close relationships.

7. Reinforce irresponsibility, incapability, and wildness by rescuing them when they find trouble, giving easy A’s, and other victim status rewards.

8. Replace solid upbringings with daily “tranquilizer darts” so that the only coping tool children ever do learn is how to numb their minds with chemicals.

9. Replace solid educations with Individualized Educational Programs and coddling accommodations, to give illusions of success that did not occur.

10. Capitalize on their resulting recklessness/vulnerability as youths, by luring them into addiction via euphoria-giving gateway drugs like Adderall.

11. Nourish their addiction by encouraging them to deny it, declaring: “You are not an addict, since it was doctor-prescribed to treat your illness.”

12. If they do accept their addiction and wish to work on learning the tools needed for sobriety, lure them away from this by offering even more addictive pills to “treat” their addiction, but which more often enable it, like Suboxone.

Via these steps, psychiatry plants the seeds of budding addiction early in life, and then continually nourishes them into adulthood. Psychiatry’s and AA’s 12 step programs are similar in that a main tenet of each program is to surrender power to a more “trustworthy” authority. Psychiatry’s authority just happens to be psychiatry and its addictive drugs. In AA, you temporarily cannot trust yourself since drugs are controlling you, so it teaches you the tools needed to responsibly cope. But in psychiatry, you’re taught to never trust yourself since “bad genes” control you, so you need to permanently hand over responsibility for coping to psychiatrists and their drugs. It’s thus not surprising that a meta- analysis found ADHD-labeled kids turn to illicit drugs nearly 3 times as often as non-labeled kids1, whether or not they are on meds2. Psychiatry has taken over the “raising” of children, and has more recently added the “treatment” of addiction to its ever-growing domain, with disastrous results.

Here are some statistics that, taken together, support my argument that psychiatry is the root cause of our heroin epidemic: There was a six-fold rise in stimulant prescribing for ADHD from 1991 to 20003. The average age of initial ADHD diagnosis is 7, so it takes them 15 years to reach 22 (the average heroin user’s age). This explains the 15-years-later six-fold rise in heroin overdoses from 2006-2015, after being stable the prior ten years45. Kurt Cobain wasn’t just ahead of his time musically, but also in following this path.

The nations with the top four per capita ADHD-labeling rates67 are the top four per capita overdosing nations, in the same order8. Nations where ADHD is least diagnosed9 have the lowest overdose rates. States with the highest per capita overdose rates10 have very high per capita ADHD-labeling rates11. The ratio of per capita ADHD-labeling of whites:blacks:hispanics (19:10:4)12 is virtually identical to the per capita overdosing ratio among these ethnicities (19:10:6). This overdose ratio had been nearly equal before the first batch of ADHD-labeled kids first reached adulthood; whites had actually been in second place13. The ratio of male to female ADHD-‘treated’ teenagers was about 3:1 in 200314 — at that time, the male:female heroin overdose ratio was also 3:1. Now they are both 2.2:115.

These all fit too perfectly together, like jigsaw puzzle pieces, to be coincidental. Along with ADHD-‘treated’ clients suiciding 5-10 times as often1617 and dying in motor vehicle accidents over twice as often18 (which is likely a major reason why both of these are also rising lately), this suggests that parents should not let their kids be labeled ADHD if they want them to reach old age. So in order to eradicate all of today’s deadly American epidemics, their common underlying source must be eradicated. It is biological psychiatry — the modern way to get high and die in the USA.

Show 18 footnotes

  1. “Prospective Association of Childhood ADHD and Substance Abuse and Abuse/Dependence; a Meta-Analytic Review” Lee, S, et al, Clin Psych Review, 2011, 31, 328-41.
  2. “Stimulant Medication and Substance Abuse Outcomes,” Lee, S, et al, JAMA Psych, 2013, 70(7)740-9.
  3. IMS Health National Prescription Audit Plus
  4. “Today’s Heroin Infographics” CDC Vital Signs, July 2015
  5. “Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths; United States 2010-2015” CDC Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report, Dec 30, 2016, 65(50-51)1445-52.
  6. “Use of ADHD Drugs in the Nordic Countries; A Population-Based Study” Zoega, H, et al, Acta Psych Scand, May 2011, 123(5)360-70.
  7. “The Global Market for ADHD Medication” Scheffler, R, et al, Health Affairs, Mar 2007, 26(2)450-7.
  8. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2014 Annual Report Questionnaire
  9. “International Variation in Treatment Procedures for ADHD” Hinshaw, S, et al, Psych Services May 2011, 62(5)459-64.
  10. “Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosed and Medicated ADHD United States, 2003-2011” Visser, S, et al, J Amer Acad Child Adol Psychiatry, Jan 2014, 53(1)34-46.
  11. “Drug Overdose Death Data, by State” CDC, 2015
  12. “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment” Coker, T, et al, Peds, Sep 2016(138)3.
  13. “Drug Poisoning Mortality in the United States 1999-2014, Age-Adjusted Death Rates, All Ages, Both Sexes” CDC, NCHS, Jan 19, 2016.
  14. “Mental Health in the U.S.: Prevalence of Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for ADHD, 2003” CDC, Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report, Sep 2, 2005, 54(34)842-7.
  15. “Report: Turning Attention to ADHD” Express Scripts, Mar 12, 2014.
  16. “Mortality, ADHD, and Psychosocial Adversity in Adults with Childhood ADHD” Barbaresi, W, et al, Peds, Apr 2013, 131(4)637-44.
  17. “Common Etiological Factors of ADHD and Suicidal Behavior” Ljung, T, et al, JAMA Psych, Aug 2014, 71(8)958-64.
  18. “Serious Transport Accidents in Adults with ADHD and the Effects of Medication” Zheng, C, et al, JAMA Psych, 2014, 71(3)319-25.
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Lawrence Kelmenson, MD
Lawrence Kelmenson has practiced psychiatry for 32 years, working with children, adults, and families. He graduated medical school from State University of New York, and completed psychiatric residency training at Cornell. He then became staff psychiatrist, and later medical director, of Craig House Hospital in Beacon, New York until 2000, and has since conducted a psychotherapy-based private practice in Cold Spring, New York. 

80 COMMENTS

  1. The good doctor’s concepts may need some reviewing, though he presents an interesting idea. Perhaps he could review literature from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when many of the acid heads and speed freaks of those days became junkies after an initial period of stimulant and hallucinogen use. The “uppers” left them disperceptive (what DSM docs would call schizophrenic now) and feeling weird, which they tried to cure with smack (which reduces the intensity of distorted perceptions) with the usual result being a “jones” (as a deep addiction was known in those days).

    • Perhaps so regarding speed, but this is not at all right about acid, which is profoundly anti-addictive. Bill Wilson, the founder of AA, wanted to make LSD a part of their recovery program but his board, probably rightly, felt it was a bad idea politically. Recent research in Scandinavia has found lifetime use of psychedelics negatively correlated with mental health issues. And so on…

      • This might be because Bill had not only taken acid, himself, but was a buddy of both Humphry Osmond and Abram Hoffer, early pioneers in psychedelic therapy for alcoholism and mega niacin therapy for alcohol withdrawal and depression in recovering alcoholics.

  2. Prescription drug culture and illicit drug culture have a lot in common. “Mental illnesses” are not real illnesses, and psychiatric drugs are not medicinal. The standard treatment for “mental illness” is drug addiction which in turn is confused with “mental illness”. That doctor prescribed speed can lead to illicit drug use should come as a surprise to nobody. Industrious ADHD labelees know, ADHD drugs are a big hit on campus as “learning enhancers”. The recent rise in synthetic opioids is very problematic, for which I blame over zealous medical doctors, who should have known better. Mix benzos and opioids, and what do you get? All too often it’s a cadaver.

  3. I think you make an important point about ADHD children becoming comfortable with taking drugs early in life because their parents handed parenting over to psychiatrists and drugs. It becomes natural to these kids to take a pill to sooth all of life’s troubles later on. This can well lead to addiction to amphetamines or other drugs in young adulthood. I wasn’t aware that doctors prescribed opioids for patients with depression in the 1990’s. That is shocking information that might well have the consequences that you describe.

  4. Great article Lawrence, thank you! You show clearly how heroin and opiate use and abuse/deaths is increased by our child rearing culture that’s been hijacked by the psychiatric disease model of human behavior.
    In my recent madinamerica.com article titled- “Why do parents give amphetamines and other risky psychiatric drugs to the children they love?” I recount a parent telling me of a child psychiatrist at a large HMO pulling out a plastic model of a brain to show her and her 5 year old child, by pointing to where the child’s “brain isn’t working right” and then saying Adderal would correct that brain defect.
    I do therapy with such parents and children and teens to address emotional distress that psychiatry views as evidence of disease.
    My other recent MIA article- “Do Psychiatrists harm their patents out of stupidity?” addresses the underlying problem of psychiatry as a human rights abusing, failed medical specialty that’s based on false premises that have no basis in scientific fact.
    Best wishes,
    Michael Cornwall PhD

  5. It seems remiss not to include all psychiatric drugs in this because they all teach the same thing: 1.) pills will fix what’s wrong with you (because your brain is broken) and, 2.) psychiatry is your “God” so be compliant and submissive because they’re always right. You have no internal ability to judge for yourself. And these are just a few of the lessons.
    This systemic involvement in all areas of life has a paper and money trail. The corruption has to be largely supported by the powers that be to reach the extent it has. And all I hear these days is more money for “mental health” which is more money for a profession who can lay claim to nothing scientific but now tries to pull genetics and neurology into proving it’s legitimacy.
    If one looks at the recent suggestion of using MDMA for depression and other “mental illnesses” we see a new and bolder move to publicly proclaim that known addictive substances can be administered by psychiatry and produce miraculous results (like Prozac did). Are people not paying attention or are they so brainwashed that they can’t see what’s happening?

    • Actually MDMA would be a great help for people suffering from PTSD. What I hate is when the therapeutic community, and other scientists studying MDMA and psychedelics for ‘mental illness’ is how they CONTAIN these substances within the psychiatric terms which further the ongoing delusion OF the mental illness myth: Medicalization. IE they promote MDMA and psychedelics as glorified psychiatric drugs. One recent media artile asked the limiting question ‘Is LSD the new Prozac?’

      In stead there should be straightaway exposing the mental illness myth, and from there understanding that substances which inspire emotional expression, and ecstasy, can be very healing on a deep level. But this will mean them defying the establishment they are part of, and that will take courage and integrity, AND the stopping of funds. But it has to be done!

      • Apropos of this, MDMA research last week received fast-track status from the FDA because Phase II trials are finding about a 2/3 rate of essentially “cure” for severe, treatment-resistant PTSD. (Participant have, I believe, all already tried at least two treatment modes with no results.). From my own experience and also looking into that work, it appears to be very signifiant, but not because it works in any way the same as current prescription drugs from the drug companies. MDMA certainly can be abused, and if so can be harmful, but it tends strongly to be anti-addictive rather than addictive, in the sense that it helps markedly to heal trauma and so reduce or remove addictive impulses (where are essentially an attempt to mask or heal trauma, to fill that gaping and painful hole at the center of one’s being). I agree that it’s unfortunate that psychedelics (and MDMA is a…sort of…psychedelic) are being, or have to be, treated this way, as a formally researched and prescribed drug, but there is also the “nose camel’s nose under the tent” theory, i.e., this may be the best or even only path to destigmatizing these substances and eventually decriminalizing them.

  6. Thank you, Dr. Kelmenson, for a great article. I appreciate your integrity in a world lately that seems to be increasingly lacking of this virtue. This is big business and big money for MDs. In the city near me a psychiatrist well-known for his overprescribing, get ’em and out 15 min. session for $300 just bought a building for over 4 million dollars. I saw one of his patients in the hospital, she was on a truckload of psychiatric drugs, no therapy, just drugged. Her partner is dying of cancer. I talked to her for awhile and gave her a hug, not something I usually do but she was hurting so badly. She said my psychiatrist does not even ask me what is going on in my life and has no idea. She feels rushed by him in session with his quick “How are you doing?”. I gave her other resources, Board of Medicine complaint and wrote a scathing review online about the MD. I feel so helpless watching so vulnerable people being abused by “medical professionals” who care more about their own wallets than the health and well-being of others.

  7. This is an incredible piece of work, sir. Thank you so much. I’m sure that SAMHSA is going to sit up and pay very close attention to this. We who write for MIA may feel at times that we’re screaming in a vacuum. We are, however, the heart of the loyal opposition itself, and in reality, I’m sure that whatever appears on this site is very closely attended to by all of the powers that be, from Big Pharma to Washington, and you just fired the shot that starts the Civil War. Congratulations on your fine work.

  8. Being an inpatient psychiatrist RN in the 80’s, with children and adolescents. 30 years later definitely believe, a huge percentage of what appears to be ADD / ADHD, is actually “family dysfunction” and history of abuse, including sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
    Any kid put in these situations would respond with ADHD/ADD symptoms. And yes, we gave “pills” to correct, because it was easy, quick, fix. And actually it became “mandatory by the insurance companies” to BE ON MEDICATION. Hospital and psychiatrists were told by the insurance companies, if they aren’t bad enough to be on medication, they don’t need hospitalized”.
    Pitiful of America ~ these families need intensive, long term, family therapies (however, that was too expensive). I’m a witness to this. Why I left inpatient Child, Adolescent psychiatry.

    • Was it too expensive? Or was it just a hassle?

      I know that I have been put on drugs that cost, most of the time, about $2,000 a month. I am at present given a shot every month (against my will) that costs about that. So my question is: is it really that it’s too expensive to pay for therapy? I don’t think it is, when you consider what they pay now for me to be drugged. What I think is that the money simply isn’t supplied for THAT specific form of “treatment.” The drug companies get every penny they want. People who actually help other people are, on the other hand, starved of any funds. What do you think?

    • Janet I recall that. I wanted to get “treatment” for my eating disorder in 1982. I didn’t get it so I got desperate. They were avoidant, claiming I was “faking it for attention.”

      So finally I showed up at the hospital ER early in 1983, hoping for actual help. My roommate was right. She had said, “If you show up at the ER, they HAVE to treat you.” Well, yes. They took me. But they failed to address my eating disorder…

      …for the next thirty years!!!!!

      Julie

  9. Lawrence

    Overall a very good blog that raises some very important points about the role of Psychiatry in the poly-drug overdose crisis.

    It is very strong in drawing the connections between Biological Psychiatry’s “genetic theories of original sin” and the DSM diagnosing of children as a major causative factor.

    Some weaknesses were the narrowing of the focus to psychiatry’s role to the exclusion of Big Pharma and their profit bonanza with their massive campaigns in selling opiate drugs. In particular, the role of Purdue Pharmaceuticals and their launching of oxycontin in the mid 1990’s with their 5th Vital Sign Campaign and the resulting proliferation of pain clinics throughout the nation.

    Also, it is important to expose how the epic rise in benzodiazepine prescriptions parallels the corresponding rise in opiate prescriptions during the past 20 years. AND benzos are likely to be THE primary lethal agent in the drug cocktails in the poly-drug overdoses (involving opiates) that ultimately lead to death. AND of course, Psychiatry is intimately involved in the epidemic of benzo prescriptions which are now about 100 million per year – mostly long term prescriptions.

    On the issue of psychiatric drugs being “addictive,” I believe it is far more accurate and scientific to use the term “dependency” and/or “dependency producing” when describing these drugs. Please read J.Doe’s blog on benzodiazepines which is a great breakdown of the vital difference between the terms “addiction” and “dependency.”

    And finally, it is important to constantly point out the role of Biological Psychiatry’s paradigm of “treatment” and entire “mental health” system as an apparatus of social control in an increasingly volatile society amidst a dying Imperialist empire.

    Keep writing.

    Richard

  10. All I know is alcoholics anonymous has become drugs anonymous because the psychiatric industry funneling everyone into AA.

    Alcohol is different then doing drugs so go to NA.

    Done with AA for a wile after encountering these toxic stalkers after my wallet all the time for their effing dope habit. Our rent and our problems. Help us help us … We are trying to stay sober… F off. Stay away and don’t call me or I will hurt you (again). They got the message.

    Mistake my kindness for weakness, big mistake.

  11. Okay… Possibly a naive comment that will get me lambasted but here goes…
    Too many words and picking apart of details seems to be going on. I am not saying that debate isn’t important, I am just saying that getting heated up with language games is pointless.
    Lawrence, I have worked in early years for almost three decades as an education provider, and I am a psychotherapist. Your article is ethical, fair and common sense to me. The number of children who are diagnosed with ADHD has risen exponentially. Indeed in any family therapy capacity I have worked in, almost every child is diagnosed and medicated.
    This is clearly lunacy, big business, corrupt, abuse..etc…all part of our societal indoctrination and programming. It is growing as there will be trans-generational patterns where a diagnosis and medication is ‘norm’ and a part of a families acceptable blueprint. I’m surprised that kitchen manufacturers haven’t created a nice lockable pill cabinet as part of every kitchen’s essential fitting, surely there’s an opportunity for greed and financial gain being missed out on?
    Name and label it what ever you like. I have a succinct sentence for the issue.. We medicate before we communicate and it is a great part of humanities downfall as dramatic and simplistic as no doubt that will sound to many.

    • Bueno

      Good comment. Only we need to stop using the word “medicate” when it comes to describing psychiatric drugs. These are “mind altering drugs,” no different than other substances such as cocaine, pot, or opiates.

      Biological Psychiatry in collusion with Big Pharma has spent hundreds of billions of dollars convincing the public that these chemical substance are “”medicines.” We cannot and should not allow them to get away with this by using their PR type language which only misinforms the public and causes great harm.

      Once again, “language” is a very import part of our struggle to overcome all forms of psychiatric oppression.

      Richard

  12. Bueno, no lambasting here–it’s okay–but still…come on. Who’s heated here? Didn’t I explain how this discussion has been personally helpful to me? Don’t movements always need to put some effort into language? What makes a handful of comments puzzling this out pointless? And I do notice that you offer your own catchy phrase at the end. Cooly, of course. 😉

    I think you’re right about it being part of humanities’ downfall. Part. I saw Al Gore’s new movie recently and, as much as I appreciate what he’s done over the years, it was so striking, and disillusioning, to see yet another plodding repetition of data-worship and techno-evangelism. I think it’s a great deal of what gave us Herr Drumpf. And very much related to the idea that we just need to tweak the chemicals in a brain to make it “right.” All of a piece.

    • Daniel and Richard
      If I am honest and self reflexive, which is important to me, part of my frustration came through regarding discussions in general. Of course movements need to put efforts in regarding language. Of course new ideas and descriptions are born. I really think ‘illification’ is a perfect easily understood non-scientific description. I also have had intimate painful experience of a loved one suffering deeply and permanently due to this toxic system and perhaps or most defiantly that leaves me with my own skewed lens. But I am also privy to loads of ‘groups’ and boards where people discuss and although I am certain that the seeds of change are being planted, as I can almost smell them. I also would love a way of uniting these conversations into practical change. It is my personal need for less talk and more do that filtered out into my comment; and yet the ‘do’ feels so upstream against the tidal waves of pharmaceutical corruption and greed that that frustration fills me along with so many others, with a deep sense of sadness.
      On a positive note I am delighted Daniel you found my phrase ‘catchy’. That said, I think your comment Richard is really valid and it demonstrates to me how easy it is to fall into the pit of terminology that is so commonplace as to appear acceptable. They are as you say dangerous mind altering drugs prescribed in the main to the vulnerable, albeit prescribed with the best of intentions. I am sure that the doctors prescribing them are also in many ways victims of the discourse of their professions.

      • Yes, absolutely. I also share that tension between talk and action and completely hear you on the importance of the latter. One thing that has helped me over the years with that came early in my graduate work, looking at belief systems, linguistics, and discourse, and someone–Oh, it was Kai Erickson, who’s father was Eric–suggested that talk is in fact a form of action and the distinction not as great as we often think. That’s not at all to argue with the importance of “action” but I find it loosens it up a bit for me, helps me remember that talk actually “does” things in the world. I also hear you on reflexivity, thank you for that reminder.

        Looking forward to more…here…but now I’ve managed to snag three whole days of summer vacation and am off. Be well, all, and really thank you so much for the community and the forum.

  13. dr lawrence,
    ty for this !
    you are fast becoming one of my favorite writers on MIA!
    i am always trying to explain this when people begin discussing the ” opioid epidemic”. i explain that we must go back to the underlying shift in thought that has occurred these last thirty or so years. problems that used to be just part of life, and solved with the help of friends and family and learned tools have now become diagnoses and disorders and labels and reasons to give children and adults dangerous drugs and not be held responsible for their behaviors. if all children know is, ” it’s not my fault, i’m born this way, i need a pill” of course so many will grow to become true addicts and unproductive members of society!
    keep on truth telling!

    thank you,

    -erin

  14. do me a favor.

    don’t let people off the hook of CHOICE. everybody knows exactly what they’re getting into when they use drugs. people get into drugs because they want to party and they want to have fun and because they like going hot and hard (in SIN). people CHOOSE the life of sin because it’s where the good times are at.

    when they get hurt and when they sick and things get serious, and when they need help, well damn. i see a couple of scapegoats. i’m not saying that pharma companies and psychiatry don’t have responsibility but don’t make the mistake of thinking people are innocent victims in turning themselves into junkheads.

    just listen to the music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1CvFrN3Htg

    • for what it’s worth, the trophy comment on that video:

      the99exit99channel
      6 months ago
      __WRITTEN LESS THAN 10 MILES FROM THE CANADIAN BORDER BY A REJECT HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT AMERIKAN DRUG ADDICT, 1990\\\:

      there are a lot of musicians and artists who will tell you that their intoxication is what empowered them to create their masterful works. and that’s something to really think about.

  15. I’m not sure that ADHD specifically causes the opoid “epidemic.” It could be one cause.

    I think the way medicine is structured partially causes it. Doctors are reluctant to address the root cause of physical pain.

    For instance, consider this possibility: Say you have a headache. You are more likely to be told to take NSAIDs than to be told the cause of your headache. This especially if you are known to be a complainer. You very well could have mold in your home, or could have a carbon monoxide leak, or lead in your water. They will give you “prescription NSAIDs.” Then they’ll resort to painkillers.

    Then, opoids for your headache. You’re hooked….

    A year later, while you are away at opoid rehab and your kids are in foster care, your landlord is sued by another tenant in your building for dead batteries in the CO detector. Your doctor? He walks free. You are labeled an ADDICT for life.

  16. As I stated previously, this is not my profession, but I do find the articles written and the responses or comments very interesting. I can’t speak to heroin use or any other addictive mind altering drugs (outside of alcohol) as I would never take them for and now after reading these articles, blogs and comments from professionals and patients alike, I would never consider taking them.

    All I can tell you about my rehab experience for alcohol abuse(four years ago) was that I learned a lot about the legal/illegal drug world during my 6 months of out patient treatment, which I found 100% useless. I went to several AA meetings (for the 12 steps), personally couldn’t stand the sob stories or the faith in religion. Stress(from work), not depression made me drink and got me in trouble to the tune of $10K. I do see a professional, and he is awesome.

    Today’s society has changed, both mom and dad work (this all started back in the 1940’s when men went to war), children now days are raised by day care centers and baby sitters before they go to school and after school. Clearly, family values have changed. I’m sure you’ve all gone out to eat recently, what do you see, a family of four sitting at a table do, all on their smart phones, no family conversation besides ordering their respective meals.

    I asked my wife ten years ago to stop working so she be there for my daughter/son and both are at the top of their class. That’s the way I was raised and I run a $30 million dollar a year manufacturing company with over 100 employees. She has returned to work and the revenue stream is better than it was.

    Technology today is no friend to our younger generations as they have become so incumbent on it and can’t live without it. Children don’t play sports outside anymore and text each other across the room. Example, just take a look at MLB, majority of the players are Latin. I find no offense to this as I believe the best players should play no matter their race and that goes the same way with jobs including gender. Is all the electronic gaming problematic? I personally think it is, again, not my profession, and doctor’s have become to incumbent on issuing addictive drugs to treat those that should be worked with, in other words, have them find the root cause if possible.

    I have a gluten free intolerance (Celiac disease), and if that don’t cause depression, I don’t know what will. The diet sucks, everything you eat you have to check in multiple sources and going out to eat is terrible. You don’t even feel like a real person. The astounding fact is (a) where did this come from and (b) why did it take so long to diagnosis? Never heard of this in the 80’s? Clearly, it existed before the 80’s and no one knew what they were missing besides being nauseous and violently ill. Just another way to get patients to pay more for their doctors, theirs repeated tests and yes, oh yes, the same old boring diet. Just quipping, please don’t mind.

    In retrospect however, it appears too easy for doctors today to prescribe the perfect pill for a minor to treat. Dr. K makes perfect sense in that by 2006, these kids are adults and hooked. Never had these drugs back in the 1970’s when I went through elementary, middle school and my first introduction to a person of color in high school. I never took addictive drugs nor will I today. I will admit that I never did like hippies then nor do now. But that’s a story for a different blog.

    Doctor Kelmenson was correct in that today’s doctors don’t TREAT patients anymore, they merely prescribe addictive medication that saddles the young child throughout life. This creates a windfall for the doctors. I thought Richards posts were very insightful as many of the other wonderful people that posted on MIA.

    Keep pushing and responding everyone, love the posts, the thoughts generated by the posts and the article and all you wonderful people.

    If you want to find something interesting, please look at the average height of males/females from 1940 to today. Steroids are now in most meat and vegetable products and have been since the 1950’s or 60’s and peoples height has increased by how much? I know the answer because I wrote a paper on it while attending Marist for my MBA.

  17. I would be interested in that paper you wrote on height. Only because I am short and I use my height as a joke when I do public speaking. Why am I short? I found out recently. I have scoliosis. No it doesn’t hurt. It is just there. So my whole family is an inch shorter than we should be. Oh at least. So…that explains it. Go figure. I always wanted to be taller…but it wasn’t in the cards and I’m fine with that.

    I am very happy to be short now that I am older,even though when I was a kid I got teased. No it doesn’t need “fixing.” I am totally convinced that being short is just plain more efficient. it is less expensive in the long haul. I should be charged half price.

    • Hi Julie,

      I have contacted Marist College to see if they still have it on record. I have changed my computer 3x since I graduated in 2005, as I have no record of it, you know, it’s the love or leave it syndrome, not by fault, just glad too be done. It’s a 50 page paper that I spent three months researching prior to graduation. Hopefully, they will respond, but I must say that you sound quite chipper and clearly, height is not an issue for you. I also believe that shorter people are more efficient. Hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

      • I”m chipper because I ditched psychiatry and I have FUN every chance I get ratting on them on my radio station and in my blog….

        juliemadblogger.com
        blogtalkradio.com/juliemadblogger

        And we’re having some great guests coming up! Anyone who wants to be a guest on the show and BLAST AWAY PSYCHIATRY is welcome to be my guest. Dr. Kellerman (sp?), you seem to want to chime in with the rest of us, and I find your views fascinating, so you are welcome as a guest my show. Kindly contact me via my blog. Would love to continue the dialogue out loud.

      • Apologies to Dr. K. Due to being lied to about the drugs for years, I stayed on them, thinking they weren’t harming me. Well that’s most likely why I don’t see well now, and why I really had no clue what type K he was. Yes people mess up my last name, too.

        My radio show is on right now not at a regular time, but whenever Blog Talk Radio has slots and whenever I have the time. I try to do radio often. I have a show on Michelle Carter also. It’s fairly lengthy and involved, a response to Breggin’s post that I feel will be helpful to the defense and I hope they find my broadcast.

        I would suggest subscribing so you will be notified of shows. Some shows are pre-recorded and some are call-in (live). So if you subscribe Blog Talk Radio will notify you in your time zone. You can call in using a telephone. We are having guests on, too, and people have been calling in and there’s been a lot of enthusiasm. Here’s the URL:

        http://blogtalkradio.com/juliemadblogger

        Here is the URL to my blog.
        http://www.juliemadblogger.com

        Go to the sidebar and you’ll see my FDA testimony regarding electroshock. The document is rather detailed and involved. Never mind I think it’s most likely an entertaining and enjoyable read, and hits home. I should read excerpts from it on my show.

        Meanwhile I am working on putting back together a show that BTR messed up due to their error. I have to redo it, but that’s okay, I’m having fun.

  18. Doctor Kelmenson is spot on in his courageous evaluation of the real causes of addiction and consequences stemming from biological misdiagnosis of labeled ADHD and Bi-Polar occurrences. I can speak from first hand experiences as I have lived through it watching the proliferation of Dr. Kelmenson’s theory. It time for effective parenting instead of taking the easy road to relive the guilt of individual shortcomings in their parenting rolls. I believe that if parents examine Dr. Kelmenson’s theory and put it to use it could affect an improved road to one of society’s major downfalls. I’m sure psychiatry pill prescribers would fear the result but I believe it’s time to change what is not helping individuals achieve their potential.

  19. Dr. K

    I wish I could recall where I found the link, somewhere on this site tho. It was an article by a fellow ‘mental health’ professional, and you stated in the comments something to the effect that forced treatment was sometimes necessary.

    Have you revised your views?

    My brain is still not up to par after a slow taper from long term prescribed Klonopin, but I’m pretty sure I read that comment/sentiment by you somewhere. I’m interested in getting to know you, and your views on forced treatment would be welcome as part of my personal evaluation. I’m sure many of us who populate the MiA site would be interested as well.